The Los Angeles Times provides more details on today's announcement from the Commission on Presidential Debates.
The first of three televised debates will be on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver. A town hall meeting-style debate will be held on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The final meeting, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., will be on Oct. 22 -- just two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 6.
The vice presidential nominees will debate only once, on Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
The non-profit Commission, which has organized the debates since 1987, has also set criteria for participation. A candidate must appear on enough state ballots to mathematically be able to reach the 270 electoral votes required to win, and also poll at at least 15% of the national electorate in five major public polls.
The full format for each debate, along with the moderators, will be announced in 2012.